Between The Buried And Me are a Progressive Death Metal
band from North Carolina. While their early sound was primarily that of a contemporary death metal band, their output became increasingly multidimensional with time until the landmark album Colors
introduced their now-trademark eclectic sound and complex songwriting.
The band consists of Tommy Rogers on vocals and keyboards, Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring on guitars, Dan Briggs on bass and Blake Richardson on drums.
- Between The Buried And Me (2002)
- The Silent Circus (2003)
- Alaska (2005)
- Colors (2007)
- The Great Misdirect (2009)
- The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues (2011)
- The Parallax II: Future Sequence (2012)
- Album Title Drop:
- In "Obfuscation": "We will always be part of the great misdirect...stepping in and stepping out."
- In "Foam Born": "It's a must these days, for the colors are fading."
- Ancient Conspiracy: The Night Owls. Indeed we work from here, we have for centuries...
- Arc Words: "Goodbye to everything" on The Parallax II.
- Badass Boast: Strigiformes (supposedly the collective mind or the leader of the Night Owls) makes this towards humanity, going so far as to say that he was created by alien gods and is a necessity for the existence of all life. Then he goes on to call humanity nothing more than an experiment and humans "fucking weaklings".
- Concept Album: The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues and The Parallax II: Future Sequence make up two parts of a very confusing Concept Album. This may help you understand it somewhat better.
- Cover Album: The Anatomy Of.
- Downer Ending: The Parallax storyline ends in this when Prospect 2 goes crazy (after being manipulated by the Night Owls) and activates the Black Box, killing off humanity and allowing the Night Owls to succeed. Goodbye to Everything.
- Driven to Suicide: Prospect 2 by the end of The Parallax II. Also, Prospect 1 in his introductory song "Swim to the Moon". He fails.
- Epic Rocking: Very frequent from Colors onward, with the top three prizes taken by album finales "Swim to the Moon" (nearly 18 minutes), "Silent Flight Parliament" (about 15 minutes), and "White Walls" (about 14). Gets even more mind-boggling if you consider that most of the songs on their recent albums segue continuously into one another and the track divisions often seem almost arbitrary. They have actually performed Colors in its entirety and released it as a live album. The entire thing is close to sixty-six minutes of continuous performance.
- Harsh Vocals: As expected from a Progressive Death Metal band. Not used exclusively, though.
- Hidden Track: "The Man Land" at the end of The Silent Circus. It's assumed by many that they recorded it when they were drunk. VERY DRUNK.
- Loudness War: Unfortunately most of their releases are brickwalled pretty badly.
- Metalcore: Most prominently on their first three albums, but still an influence on later material. Could also be considered Mathcore due to the band's frequent use of Uncommon Time.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Due to their amorphous sound, they've covered everything from 1 to 10, with their early material generally sticking around the 9/10 region and later songs veering between hardnesses.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Avoided this with what was mostly a consistently metallic sound for the first three albums (with exceptions here and there), but from Colors onwards most songs dabble in genres ranging from jazz to polka to progressive rock, with frequent juxtaposition of loud/heavy elements and softer, quieter elements.
- Physical God: The Protagonist in the video for "Astral Body".
- Progressive Death Metal/Progressive Metal: Especially from Colors onward, but Alaska qualifies too.
- Religion Rant Song: "Arsonist" is a furious tirade against the Westboro Baptist Church.
- Scare Chord: The transition from "Breathe In, Breathe Out" into "Roboturner" on Alaska WILL cause your spine to go three inches out of alignment at the proper volume.
- Selkies and Wereseals: The Alaska song "Selkies: The Endless Obsession".
- Soprano and Gravel: Tommy Giles Rogers' vocals are typically about half death growls and half clean singing.
- Spiritual Successor: They're regarded as USA's answer to Opeth.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Desert of Song", "Viridian", "Medicine Wheel", "Laser Speed", several of the interludes on The Parallax II, "Goodbye to Everything" and its reprise, possibly others
- Titled After the Song: Their name is derived from a Counting Crows lyric.
- Uncommon Time: Hoo boy! Lots of it!
- Word Salad Lyrics: While the lyrics offer deep social commentary in many cases, they are increasingly cryptic and confusing in recent material.